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Legacy (Legacy Trilogy) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, August 18, 2009

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Book 1 of 3 in the Legacy Series

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Legacy, the first installment of the planned Legacy Trilogy, won First Place in the Reader's Views 2008 Literary Awards, Bronze Medalist in Young Adult Fiction in the 2008 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards; Finalist in Young Adult Fiction in the National Best Books Awards 2008, sponsored by USA Book News.

In an award-winning YA fantasy debut (the first of a planned trilogy), novelist Cayla Kluver brings a magical touch to an unrelentingly suspenseful coming-of-age tale. Duty-bound to wed her father’s choice in successor to the  throne, Princess Alera of Hytanica believes that she is being forced into the worst of all possible fates—a marriage to the arrogant and hot-tempered suitor, Steldor. When a mysterious boy from enemy Cokyri appears bearing secrets and an entirely different view of what's appropriate behavior for a young lady, Alera learns that her private desires threaten to destroy the kingdom. When Narian’s shocking past comes to light, Alera finds herself in a shadowy world of palace intrigue and ancient blood feuds, facing an uncertain future with dwindling options—and must learn to decide between right and wrong all alone. Marked by witty, rapid-fire dialogue and dramatic complexity that belie the writer’s age, Legacy brings a fresh, new sensibility to age-old questions of duty and inheritance and to a young heroine’s quest to find her true voice.

, the first installment of the planned Legacy Trilogy, won First Place in the Reader's Views 2008 Literary Awards, Bronze Medalist in Young Adult Fiction in the 2008 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards; Finalist in Young Adult Fiction in the National Best Books Awards 2008, sponsored by USA Book News.


Alera's... sensitivity and willfullness will win readerws over, who will empathize as her choices dwindle. A looming war, characters with intriguingly hidden pasts, and a sad ending set things up nicely for a sequel. --Booklist

Five Stars: If you're looking for a richly painted tapestry of words, a fantasy sort of book written as if Jane Austen were still alive and had decided to write fantasies involving princesses, then you're sure to love Legacy. Like Austen's books, Legacy is a novel of manners, social interactions, gossip, and headstrong, intelligent women deciding for themselves who would be their best marriage partner rather than relying on convention or the wishes of others. The plot will likely please anyone who enjoys the fantasy genre, and the writing style is one which revels in its description and which you'd expect from a highly experienced author with several novels to her credit - yet the author of Legacy is merely fifteen years old. One can only ask, to what further heights can she go? --Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Legacy Trilogy
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonEncore; First Edition edition (August 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595910557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595910554
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,741,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cayla Kluver was born in Wisconsin on October 2, 1992. She has cats, dogs and horses, and watches more crime shows than is probably healthy. She also loves Robert Louis Stevenson and The Beatles. Her office is filled with twinkly lights, candles and fun colors. Legacy is her first novel, soon to be followed by Allegiance and Sacrifice, the remaining books in the Legacy Trilogy. She lives with her family and her muse (Nina, her cat) in Wisconsin, where only the hardy survive.

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114 of 140 people found the following review helpful By jayneeeee on August 12, 2008
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Cayla Kluver gets away with sub-par writing because adult editors and publishers are so blown away by the fact that she's only a child. Her attention to detail is meticulous in some areas and completely lacking in others. Characters speak poetically, in flowery language reminiscent of olden times, but many think and behave in ways that are completely contrary to the culture in which they purportedly grew up. Her ideas are original and her story moves well, which makes a reader want to keep reading, but her sentence structure and descriptions could use a lot more work. All in all, a good read, but ultimately unsatisfying (NOBODY likes a cliffhanger) and slightly frustrating to have to plow through a detailed description of every single character's outfit. Several times.
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44 of 57 people found the following review helpful By I love to read on October 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book by chance without really knowing much about the story except that it revolved around a princess in medieval times where women wore beautiful gowns and had to exercise proper etiquette. Having read and loved The Luxe Series by Anna Godbersen and the Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray (both series I highly recommend), I picked up Legacy knowing I would at least enjoy the world created for the book.

I can honestly say that it took me a while to get into the book although I loved London's character from the very beginning. But once the story picked up I couldn't put it down!! This book makes you fall in love with every single character including Steldor, an arrogantly annoying man. Princess Alera also steals your heart as you feel her dilemma between her duty as a princess and her heart's desire.

Halfway through Legacy I tried to find out when the next book, Allegiance, will be released. It was then that I found out that the Author had just turned 16 years old and was 15 when she wrote Legacy!!! 15 YEARS OLD!! I couldn't believe it because the world Kluver created in this book is so elaborate and you can't imagine a 15 year old creating Hytanica.

There is only one drawback to this book. Kluver's writing, although good, is descriptive to the point where you know every single character's clothing in every scene right down to the shoes on their feet. I found myself at times skimming through those paragraphs because it was a bit too elaborate and some words were just too big for me. I understand that Kluver is trying to provide every detail for the reader to be able to see what they're reading but I think it may deter some readers.

Despite that, this book is absolutely amazing! I love the story.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kevin L. Nenstiel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 21, 2009
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Much is made of Cayla Kluver publishing this debut novel at the tender age of sixteen. I fancied myself a novelist at that age too. Setting my surviving works from that time beside this book, I admit that Miss Kluver is a more mature writer than I was. But that doesn't change the fact that audiences read a book expecting to be surprised and taken on a journey. Miss Kluver says nothing we haven't already heard, and says it at remarkable length.

Princess Alera of Hytanica is being pressed to marry arrogant Steldor, the most promising young warrior of the kingdom. But handsome, enigmatic Narian rides out of the rival kingdom of Cokyri, a land evidently ruled by militant feminist ninja mystics. Experienced youth fantasy readers know what happens next. With war on the horizon and old secrets exposed, duty and romance battle for Alera's limited loyalties.

How does Miss Kluver get it wrong? Let me count the ways. This is a coming of age story from an author who hasn't come of age. It deals with courtship and marriage, though the author has never been married and probably has been only recently courted. And it deals with parental repression although, to judge by her repeated gushing, she has known nothing but support from her family. She's simply memorized these tropes from other books she's read.

I never get past the feeling that the author is clearing her throat. She introduces characters and keeps them in holding patterns for hundreds of pages. When I hit page 150 and we were still in Act One, I was frustrated. At page 300 I was angry. At page 450 I wanted to throw the book across the room. It's bad enough when name brand authors like Anne Rice or Stephen King expect me to read their finger exercises, but a debut author hasn't earned that indulgence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mel Rose on October 1, 2012
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Legacy by Cayla Kluver is the first in the Legacy trilogy. Seventeen year old Princess Alera of Hytanica is supposed to marry a man who will become king and her father's choice is not one she wants. What does catch her eye, though, is an intruder with steel-blue eyes and her kingdom's greatest enemy.

The cover was pretty and it drew me in, which should have been a sign. Whenever there's a pretty cover, chances are, it's a horrible book. But, Cayla was only fifteen when she wrote this, so I figured, why not? But the thing is, I'm still wondering how this book was published.

So, it starts out with a prologue, which pretty much tells everything you need to know about the book. In fact, you can read that and not have to read more because you know what's going to happen. A bunch of boys were taken from the enemy, all but one were returned dead. Guess where that one is? Yeah, if you guess he's with the enemy and suddenly comes back and is the intruder mentioned in the description, you guessed right. If you didn't guess that... there's something wrong with you, like missing common sense.

Once you get past the prologue, you have to deal with the encyclopedia, I mean the story. Which consists of Alera telling the reader everything about everything. I don't mean explaining it or showing it, like you know, good writers do, but telling the story. TELLING it. Which makes it drag on even more. Honestly, it felt like I was reading an encyclopedia with random conversations in the middle.

One of the big plot points for this story is just so ridiculously stupid that it would never ever happen. Once Alera turns eighteen, she has to marry and her husband will take over the kingdom as King right away and her father will step away. What kingdom EVER has EVER done that?
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